While Cadillac prepares in earnest for the 2008 Detroit auto show--there’s a Provoq fuel-cell-powered crossover and the 550-horsepower CTS-V to see--it’s also slapping itself on the back with today’s news that the CTS has earned a Top Safety Pick.
The designation comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an insurance industry-funded research group that regularly goes out and smashes cars into walls to see how well occupants will be protected--like the Feds do, but with a little more speed involved. The IIHS says the CTS gets its Top Safety Pick designation for the 2008 model year, with IIHS president Adrian Lund saying, “all luxury cars should perform as well as the CTS. It’s a leader in its class for safety.”
The “Top Safety Pick” requires that the vehicle in question meet the highest ratings in crash tests from the front, side and rear, and also requires stability control as standard equipment, a change in standards that was made in 2007.
The CTS is one of only three large luxury cars to earn the award, Cadillac says.
More info on the Institute’s tests is available at their Web site, www.iihs.org.